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Help and advice for MITCHELLDEAN, Gloucestershire - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868

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MITCHELLDEAN, Gloucestershire - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]
"MITCHELLDEAN, (or Micheldean), a parish and post town in the hundred of St. Briavel's, county Gloucester, 2 miles S. of Mitcheldean Road railway station, 6 N.W. of Newnham, and 11 W. of Gloucester. The village, which is of ancient date, was formerly held by the Greyndours. There are coal and iron works, also tanneries. The parish, which is of small extent, is situated within the limits of Dean Forest.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, value £141. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient stone structure with a lofty spired tower 156 feet high, containing a clock and eight bells. The church has a carved oak roof and wall paintings of Edward IV.'s time. It contains several old tombs and an antique font. The parochial charities produce about £89 per annum, of which £62 goes to Lane's free school for both sexes. There is a place of worship for the Independents. The Wilderness is the principal residence. Maynard Colchester, Esq., is lord of the manor."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]